Whether you stick around your home state or travel internationally every month, check out some quick tips while traveling as a videographer.
1. TRAVEL LIGHT
Don’t let the gadget geek in you take over your packing. It is important to pack light for cost savings on baggage for travel that requires flying. It saves in the weight you have to lug around with you during travels, as well as reduces the chances of losing things along your excursions.
2. PLAN STRATEGICALLY
As a free spirit at heart, it took me a long time to wrap my head around the idea of creating an itinerary for my trips. To me the whole concept of traveling was to explore and kind go along with the flow around. Until I realized that I was missing out on a lot of opportunities I could be seizing, if I just took the extra effort to create a schedule that will fit in all my needs and wants of a vacation. While having the chance to shoot all the visuals on my shot list for that particular place.
3. DON’T DO IT IF LOGISTICS AREN’T COVERED
Another time and money saver tip I have learned from experience and also goes along with the tip above. Logistics, it is so key to any travel plans you may have. Especially if you are going to a city that either doesn’t have great public transportation and therefore requires a rental car. This factor adds hugely to cost and scheduling of your trip. So if there is something you have planned on a trip that requires secure transportation and you have undetermined logistics cost not already ironed out ahead of said trip. It is best to save time and money and come up with a different solution, whether it be another shot or location, there can always be an alternative to the plan if you are flexible.
4. TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE MOMENT
This isn’t a hard concept to understand but one that is easily forgotten in the moment. After getting that sick shot, after having a laugh with old or new friends, take just one moment after the fact to be fully present in that moment, cherish it, take note of how you feel, what you see, and smell. Preserve that memory, because that is what traveling is most importantly about experiencing something new with people that you enjoy and can learn from.
5. LET CREATIVITY FLOW
This is just extra encouragement, while in the barrel of shining shots speaking to you wherever you may be strolling. As excitement fills you and you get your camera ready to capture, fully lean into that creative flow, try that angle you see, make whoever is with you be the subject, go all in because you never know when you will be back. Also, to me that is what a vacation is all about, taking time from other jobs to workout your creative muscle in a new place, so don’t hold back, your the director of this time away.
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